Ready-Set-Summer Beauty with Life Brand!

Ready-Set-Summer Beauty

Summer is here! Besides family trips and activities with the kids, don’t forget to take some time for yourself to look and feel your best. Get ready for summer from head-to-toe with a few fresh and affordable beauty ideas from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Face refresh

For a quick face detox, try new Life Brand Detoxifying Bubbling Mud Face Mask. It contains bamboo charcoal powder and tea tree oil to remove excess oils (a common culprit with warmer weather) and deep clean pores. The mask bubbles when applied, which creates an oxygenating foam layer on the skin.

 

Quick clean

We love the convenience of rinse-free micellar cleansers, and now we’re just as obsessed with these micellar facial wipes. They gently remove makeup and cleanse skin, and are great to packing for weekend getaways, camping trips or even your beach bag (goodbye post-swim raccoon eyes)!

Also great are PC Baby Wipes – perfect for family trips, and busy moms will appreciate the flip-top lid.

Lip service

Keep your lips soft, smooth and hydrated with a lip balm & scrub from Quo Cosmetics. The scrub exfoliates dead skin, while the lip balm containing shea butter, jojoba, rose hip oil and avocado oil leaves lips moisturized and lightly tinted. Mango, watermelon and pomegranate are the deliciously perfect summer scents.

 

Smooth legs

Shorts, skirt and swimsuit season means keeping legs silky and smooth. These Life Brand 3 Blade Pivoting Razors contain botanical moisture strips with aloe and shea butter, ideal for sensitive skin. This four-pack is $8, so stock up for the season!

 

For more information about Life Brand, Quo and PC Baby products at Shoppers Drug Mart, visit shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Beach days are right around the corner, mamas (fingers crossed)! And we, for one, cannot wait for the sun, popsicles, and beach days! When you have a baby, though, things become a little more complicated. You can’t just slather them up with any old sunscreen and head out the door. We are advised not to use sunscreen on babies under 6 months and most toddlers would never make it that easy!   That is why I am in love with my Full Body UV Swim Suit by January Baby!

You would think that the market would be flooded with options but its pretty scarce especially when it comes to full body suits, which is a must for babies in order to keep them protected and safe!  All January Baby suits have a UPF rating of 50 +, which means the skin is only exposed to 1/50th of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, per  The Skin Cancer Foundation. This ensures your little ones will be safe to play in the sun and you will be confident enough to let them.

Some of the great things about this suit is that it covers wrist to ankle but also provides full neck coverage, which is great because my baby, like most has very sensitive skin. The suit is a polyester/spandex blend and comes in a variety of cute bold colors from sizes 6m to 4 years. (In the photos above, Asher is wearing the color navy with an aqua stripe, which I think looks great with his complexion—so flattering)! The suit has an easy to use zip in front, which makes getting a wet squirmy baby in AND out a breeze. The suit does have a lot of room to grow but actually fit snug. Although I currently have to roll up the legs and sleeves quite a bit, it isn’t that bothersome since I know he can use it longer.

Overall, we really love our Full Body UV Swim Suit! I actually wish I had one when my first son was born – so those sunny days when we did go out I could have spent a lot less time worrying about him and lot more time enjoying him.

The suit can be purchased online at www.JanuaryBaby.com,  Mini Mioche, and Baby on the Hip!

Age 0+

VTech Pull & Sing Puppy

VTech is known for educational and interactive toys and the Pull & Sing Puppy ($16.99) is sure to be a winner with many kids. My guy is already mesmerized by the puppy’s flashing nose and reaches for the colourful buttons. He still needs help pushing the buttons, and he doesn’t understand what the puppy is saying to him but it’s been fun to see his reaction as he observes me moving the puppy around and making it speak.

The Pull & Sing Puppy is designed for ages 6 – 36 months so it’s a toy with longevity. If you’re interested in picking one up you can find them on Amazon and at Toys R Us and London Drugs.

Oyaco Gro Friends Breathable Toys

A perfect cuddly companion for baby with soft, velour graspable hands and made of a breathable, hypoallergenic fabric to make snuggle time even more snuggly. Choose from Ernie Elephant, Raff Giraffe, Henry Hippo or Boppy Bunny.

SRP: $24.95

Oyaco’s Bumbo Playtop Safari

Convert any smooth surface to a safari play time with the playtop Safari Suction Tray.

The Tray easily suctions to the Bumbo trays, highchair trays and tabletops for endless entertainment. With its included bead maze, mirrored book, elephant toy and spinning ball, it’s a good thing there’s a snack and cup holder to keep refreshments close at hand.

SRP: $34.95

Oyaco Ollie the Owl

Ollie is a unique and adorable sleep aid with built in CrySensor technology, helping baby (and Mum and Dad!) to get quality ZZZ’s every night. The latest must have baby sleep essential, Ollie will grow up with little ones and become their trusty sleeping companion, whether on the move, at home or staying with their grandparents.

SRP: $59.95

Bumbo Suction Toys

Designed for playtime and teething, these suction cup toys attach to any smooth surface. The bead maze, rotating body and rattle beads help baby develop motor skills and stay entertained.

SRP: $19.95

stuck on you Personalized Wooden Name Blocks

These Alphabet Blocks from Stuck on You are the perfect gift to help your little one learn the letters to their name!

Measuring 3.5cm x 3.5cm, these blocks are the perfect size for your child to hold in their hand and line up or stack as they like. Made from eco-friendly paint and MDF free, sustainably grown birch wood, making this a safe choice for your child. These blocks are a great quality, lightweight wood that doesn’t chip, perfect for your little one to play with! Choose from a blue blocks with grey felt bag or pink blocks with pink felt bag.

SRP: $19.95 Available at stuckonyou.ca

Age 1

playmobil 1.2.3 Night Train with Track

Set off on the Night Train with Track for a starry railroad adventure. All railway cars can be linked together, with seating for up to three figures (including the conductor) while the movable wheels allow for realistic play around the track. Set includes three figures, three railroad cars, railroad tracks and other  accessories.
Price: $34.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo, and Hudson’s Bay Company | Age: 18+ months

playmobil 123 Christmas on the farm Advent Calendar

Looks like Santa has arrived with lots of gifts!

The 1.2.3 Advent Calendar “Christmas on the Farm” contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, discover a winter wonderland filled with lots of farm animals. Includes backdrop, four figures, sleigh, reindeer, farm fence, chickens, cow, pig, dog, and other accessories. Recommended for ages 18 months and up.

Price: $24.99 | Age: 18+ months

VTech Baby Amaze Pretend and Discover Kitty

The Baby AmazeTM Pretend & Discover KittyTM by VTech® is the purr-fect baby doll for your little one. This soft, plush doll is dressed up as a kitty and introduces nurturing concepts and role-play as your child pretends to take care of her. Press the star-shaped button on the kitty’s tummy to learn the days of the week, count from one to five, hear facts about kittens and listen to sing-along songs. Press the light-up heart button to hear sweet phrases about feelings, silly sound effects and short tunes. Whether it’s time to play or time for a catnap, your little one will love cuddling with this adorable kitty.

Age recommendation: 12+ months
MSRP: $19.99 Canadian
Available at Toys “R” Us and London Drugs

Age 2

Review: Baby Amaze Sleep and Soothe Lullaby Doll

Have a fun day or night with the Baby Amaze Sleep & Soothe Lullaby Doll by VTech. Press the day button to hear sweet phrases, nursery rhymes and sing-along songs. Press the night button and rock the baby doll to sleep while listening to nature sounds and lullabies. The soft and huggable baby doll encourages nurturing role play and interaction. The baby doll comes with a pacifier that triggers baby sounds and a blanket that’s perfect for drifting off to dreamland. Good night, sleep tight!

Age recommendation: 2+ years
MSRP: $24.99
Available at Toys “R” Us

Age 3

Funrise Petunia Manor Treehouse (Large Playset)

Use your imagination to transform into the world of Amazia with the Petunia treehouse Playset! This Deluxe play set features three levels and double-sided play! Activate lights and sounds from the show at the top of the manor by placing Luna on the platform. Take her down the working slide and spin her down the pole! There’s also an umbrella that pops open, and a room just for dancing where you can twirl Luna around. Plus, there’s a secret trap door with a ladder that drops down! Includes 3.5” Luna figure and an exclusive Kitty Bat figure you can fly around the attic.
Price: $59.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us Canada | Age: 3+ years

Funrise Amazia Garden Playset (Small Playset)

Luna Petunia, Luna Petunia, how does your garden grow? Amazia is full of incredible and beautiful places, but no place is as pretty as Luna’s garden. This playset includes an exclusive 3.5” garden themed Luna figure, colorful
plants, the magical fun mirror cave and more. Press a button to see the flower magically grow or walk Luna and her friends down the crystal-studded path!
Price: $19.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us Canada| Age: 3+ years

Funrise Fabulosa Café Playset (Small Playset)

It’s time for lunch at the Fabulosa Café, and Luna’s ready to serve you the  finest dishes in the world! Put food into the launcher and send it flying across the café, just like in Amazia. This playset includes an exclusive 3.5” Chef Luna figure, a table, chairs, cabinet, oven, flying food machine and more.
Price: $19.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us Canada | Age: 3+ years

Funrise Beanie Plush Assortment

Everyone’s here and ready for exciting adventures together in Amazia! This 4-pack high-quality set includes adorably beanie plush figures of Luna Petunia, Bibi Bubbles, Karoo and Sammy Stretch! With all of her friends by her side, Luna’s ready for anything.
Price: $10.99 each | Availability: Toys “R” Us Canada | Age: 3+ years

 

Funrise Luna Petunia 14” Talking Doll

This 14” Luna doll is articulated for play and features her signature, brightly colored outfit and even has hair you can brush and style. And when you push on her magical necklace, you’ll activate sounds from Amazia and some of Luna’s signature phrases from the show! Just stop, breathe, and believe!
Price: $34.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us Canada| Age: 3+ years

Funrise Luna & Friends Collectible Figures (5 Pack)

Everyone’s here and ready for exciting adventures together in Amazia! This 5-pack set includes adorably sculpted and articulated 3.5” figures of Luna Petunia, Bibi Bubbles, Karoo, Sammy Stretch and the exclusive Fellino, the Acrocat! With all of her friends by her side, Luna’s ready for anything.
Price: $14.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us Canada | Age: 3+ years

 

ÎLO307 Worry Eaters

With the Worry Eaters plush toy, children can confide in their cuddly friend with their deepest worries and fears. The design incorporates a zipper at the mouth, allowing a child to insert slips of paper bearing words that describe their worries or concerns. The Worry Eater will then gobble up the child’s fears (with the help of their parents, of course). Worry Eaters come in various sizes and several characters.
Price: Small – $18.99 Large – $27.99 | Availability: Specialty toy stores and select bookstores across Canada | Age: 3+ years

 

playmobil Jewel Thief Police Operation Advent Calendar

The sly thief was able to burgle the jeweler’s shop and now aims for the content of the safe (which can also be used as a coin bank). Will the policeman on his motorcycle arrive at the scene in time so that he can stop the burglar?

Price: $31.99 | Age: 3+ years

 

 

stuck on you Puzzles

Personalized Christmas Puzzle

Our high quality wooden jigsaw puzzle makes the perfect Christmas gift for someone special. With several exquisite designs to choose from, you’ll find something to suit every personality. You can personalize the puzzle to add an extra thoughtful touch to this festive gift, and watch as children spend hours putting it together and tipping it out to start over again.

Personalized Name Puzzles

Stuck on You® Wooden Puzzles are a beautifully crafted personalized gift and an educational toy for kids. Our wooden name puzzles collection includes a variety of wooden puzzles made by our dedicated team. Made from the finest materials Stuck on You® Wooden Name Puzzles are MDF and lead free and are available in pastels or bright primary colours. Combining fun and education, Wooden Name Puzzles are a tactile toy that help kids with letter and number recognition.  Contact the friendly team at Stuck on You® for further information on our Wooden Name Puzzles and Personalized Gifts. Stuck on You® the coolest wooden puzzles and personalized gifts.

Personalized Jigsaw Puzzle

Stop puzzling over the perfect personalized gift. Our high quality wooden jigsaw puzzles have arrived. Our Design Team has created 10 exquisite designs, with something to suit every personality. personalize the puzzle with the name of a special person, and they’ll spend hours putting it together and tipping it over to start again. These beautiful wooden puzzles look fabulous in any playroom or nursery, and will become a timeless keepsake for years to come. Made from high quality laser cut plywood, the Large Jigsaw Puzzle has 24 pieces and measures 390mm x 260mm.

 

SRP: $25-45 Available at stuckonyou.ca

Age 4

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2

Play games, take pictures, and get active with the new Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 recommended for ages 4+ and up. Does your kid love putting fun filters on their pictures? With the Silly Me app on the Smartwatch DX2, they can do just that and customize their watch’s background!

playmobil Advent Calendars

Santa’s Workshop

Become Santa’s little helper with the PLAYMOBIL Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar. The calendar contains 24 surprise toy items, all designed to decorate Santa’s workshop. Included within the surprises are a Santa figure, elves figures, a reindeer with sleigh, gifts and toys!

Price: $31.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo Stores and Hudson’s Bay Company | Age: 4+ years

 

 

NHL Rivalry on the pond

Race across the frozen pond for a shot on goal! The NHL® Advent Calendar – Rivalry on the Pond contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, set up the players on the ice and let the match begin!

Price: $39.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo Stores and Hudson’s Bay Company | Age: 4+ years

 

Age 5

Funrise Tonka Tinys Rescue Response Station Playset

Take your Tonka Tinys on an epic adventure through the Rescue Response Station Playset! This ultimate playset features 3 levels of Tonka Tinys fun. Launch your vehicles over the flames, through the cinder block wall, and down the main gravity ramp! Store up to 8 Tinys vehicles on level one. The Rescue Response Station Playset includes 3 exclusive Tinys vehicles and is compatible with every vehicle in the line. All Tonka Tinys playsets can be connected to expand your Tonka Tinys world!
Price: $39.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us and Walmart Canada | Age: 5+ years

playmobil Drago’s Ship

Battle the dragon-riders’ fiercest enemy yet. The floating ship of Drago is coming and it has all the necessary evil tools to fight and trap dragons. The on-board cage with lock is used to contain captured dragon prisoners, while the functioning  crossbows defend against any incoming fire. Set includes Drago, spears, torch and other accessories.

Price: $59.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo Stores and Hudson’s Bay Company | Age: 5+ years

playmobil NHL™ Locker Room Play Box

Get ready for tonight’s big game with the PLAYMOBIL NHL Locker Room Play Box. Change into your jersey in the locker room and choose your lucky stick for the night. With the help of your coach’s game plan and pep talk – put on your helmet and protection and get in the rink.
Price: $29.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo, and Hudson’s Bay Company Age: 5+ years

ÎLO307  Observation Puzzle – Enchanted Forest

This 100-piece puzzle by Djeco is a fun way for children to develop their fine motor skills, problem solving skills and cognitive skills. Children put the puzzle together and then must find the items shown around the border shown in
the image. The Enchanted Forest Observation Puzzle is the perfect after-school activity!
Price: $19.99 | Availability: Speciality toy stores and select bookstores across Canada | Age: 5+ years

 

playmobil Royal Ice Skating Trip Advent Calendar

Royal family enjoys a sunny winters day in the snowy château park by ice skating on the lake. Forest animals are watching their activities. Behind one of the 24 doors is a bracelet hiding.

Price: $31.99 | Age: 5+ years

stuck on you Story Book With Colouring Kit

This Story Book with Colouring Kit from Stuck on You is the perfect activity for your little one! Choose from three story options, all with boy and girl options. Your child will receive a colouring kit along with a beautifully written Story book that follows a story written by children, for children. The colouring kit includes a set of pencils and a set of markers that our team individually personalized with your child’s name as well as your chosen icon!

SRP: $29.95 Available at stuckonyou.ca

Age 6

MGA Entertainment L.O.L. Surprise Tots – Series 2

L.O.L. Surprise Tots offer 7 layers of surprise! Each layer reveals a hint of which L.O.L. doll is underneath. Feed or bathe your tot for an additional water surprise.
Price Range: $13.99-$16.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, Loblaw, HBC, Red Apple, Showcase, Northwest and other major Canadian retailers | Age: 6+ years

 

MGA Entertainment L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters – Series 2

L.O.L. Surprise Lil Sisters offer 5 layers of surprise! Each layer reveals a hint of which L.O.L. Lil Sisters doll you’ll get. Bathe your baby for an additional water surprise.
Price Range: $8.99 – $10.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, Loblaw, HBC, Red Apple, Showcase, Northwest and other major Canadian retailers | Age: 6 + years

 

MGA Entertainment L.O.L. Surprise Charm Fizz

LOL Surprise Fizz offers 3 layers of surprise! Drop the fizz in water to reveal which accessory you got!
Price Range: $4.99 – $9.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Indigo, Mastermind Toys, Walmart, Loblaw, HBC, Red Apple,
Showcase, Northwest and other major Canadian retailers | Age: 6 + years

MGA Entertainment Awesome Little Green Men Starter Pack – Series 1

Over 100 new recruits to collect and trade! Each Starter Pack comes with 4 figures (1 blind), 4 dog tags, 1 chain and a collector’s poster.
Price: $17.99 – $19.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Indigo Stores and other major Canadian Retailers | Age: 6+ years

MGA Entertainment Awesome Little Green Men Deluxe Battle Pack – Series 1

The perfect way to start your battle with men from both infantries! Each pack comes with 8 figures (2 blind), 8 dog tags, 2 chains, and a collector’s poster.
Price: $34.99 – $39.99| Availability: Toys “R” Us, Indigo Stores and other major Canadian Retailers | Age: 6+ years

MGA Entertainment Awesome Little Green Men Blind Box – Series 1

Collect them all! Each blind box comes with 1 figure, 1 dog tag on a chain and a collector’s poster.
Price: $4.99 – $5.95 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Indigo, and other major Canadian retailers. Recommended Age: 6+

playmobil Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1

Speed through the city in the iconic PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters™ Ecto-1! With original sounds and functioning lights, this vehicle is set for ghostbusting action. Playset also includes Ghostbusters characters in their official uniforms with detachable proton packs and lasers and many other accessories.
Price: $59.99 | Availability: Toys “R” Us, Mastermind Toys, Indigo Stores and Hudson’s Bay Company | Age: 6+ years

Age 7

ÎLO307 Felt Brushes / Nymphéa

Djeco’s 7-piece Felt Brushes help children use their imagination in a fun and creative way. Add the details and the colours step-by-step and watch the 4 delightful little pictures appear. You’ll be so proud of the end result!
Price: $28.99 | Availability: Specialty toy stores and select bookstores across Canada | Age: 7+ years

 

stuck on you Budding Artist Kit

Budding artists will love using their own Stuck on You® Personalized Sketchbook to create masterpieces. Each page is personalized with your child’s name and includes a space for a date so that you can document your child’s artistic progress. Our fun designs can provide inspiration to little artists and the A4 size is great for using in the car or when out and about.

This pack includes 12 colored pencils along with 11 water soluble, non toxic markers. Every item is personalized with a full name so our Budding Artist Kit is also great for school. The dual tip makers are perfect for different uses as your child builds on their colouring and artistic skills.

When you use our product builder, you can choose from one of our original designs and enter your child’s name. You can also choose and icon to be printed on the pencils and markers. You will be able to see a preview of the finished product before placing your order securely online.

SRP: $34.95 Available at stuckonyou.ca

Age 8

Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen

Disney•Pixar’s Ultimate Lightning McQueen is the top of the line racer. With animated eyes, an animatronic mouth, and emotive suspension, experience Lightning like never before. Connect to the app and see him respond to your driving commands, or sharpen your pit crew skills in Pit Stop Panic.
Price: $375 | Availability: Best Buy Canada | Age: 8+ years

Sphero Spider-Man

Join forces with this voice interactive Spider-Man and enter the Marvel Universe like never before. Embark on missions against notorious villains and watch your unique journey evolve. Spidey’s Wi-Fi capabilities allow for new missions, villains, and other automatic updates. When not fighting bad guys, strike up some snarky banter with your
friendly neighborhood hero.
Price: $199 | Availability: Best Buy Canada | Age: 8+ years

Sphero Mini

Sphero Mini packs tons of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball. Drive using the Sphero Mini app, or with your facial expressions in the wild new Face Drive feature. Use Mini as a controller to play different games, or program your robot with the Sphero Edu app. With almost an hour of play time, Sphero Mini is the next big thing.
Price: $69 | Availability: Best Buy Canada | Age: 8+ years

 

Avery is now big enough to sit in the grocery cart, which she thoroughly enjoys.  It is such an amazing milestone for us to shop with her sitting up in the cart, and so much easier because she is much more content.  She gets to look around and take it all in while I get some errands done.

As much as I love our neighbourhood grocery store, I still feel cautious having her sit in it, holding on to the bars, while eating and trying to put everything in her mouth. Now I don’t have to worry about the germ with the Brica Shopping Cart Cover. First and foremost, how comfy does this thing look? It easily and conveniently fits over the grocery cart seat where your child sits, allowing their legs to fit through the holes very comfortably. It is very secure and attaches with a clip to the cart to keep everything in place.

It completely covers everything surrounding her keeping her relatively germ free and the cart a lot cleaner from her snacks as it catches crumbs, food, just about everything while keeping your phone in a secure place right in front. I love this thing! It has made going to the grocery store with Avery even better as I feel so much more comfortable having her sit in this cover that is so easy to bring around with us.  This would make a great gift for a new mom or mom to be and at $35, it is at a great price point.

 

Visit Munchkin.com to order the Go Shop Shopping Cart Cover for $35 and get free shipping (on all orders over $25!)

BRICA for Munchkin

Keep ’em clean and safe…

For those loyal Pampers customers – here is the link to the BRAND NEW rewards App for this summer’s best diaper deals!

I don’t know about you, but I love a great rewards program. I come from a family of SUPER SAVERS (we are high up on the “frugal savings scale,” even washing and re-using sandwich bags!) so I am always interested to know what stores are best to shop at on what days, which stores have the best points programs and what brands make rewards quick and easy.

The best kind of rewards program is one that includes products that you would be buying already.  As a mom of 3, diapers have been on my grocery lists for pretty much the last 8.5 years straight! We are currently training my 2 year old and my 4 year old still needs help at night, so we are buying both Pampers Easy Ups and Swaddlers right now, so it’s a double whammy! If you have to buy diapers, you might as well be rewarded for your purchases.

You may not know, but Pampers has had a loyalty program in both the US and Canada for the last decade.  Using the code that comes in all Pampers products, you can register it online and collect points on every purchase that can be redeemed for rewards, including baby toys! After working with Pampers for the last several years, I have come to know them as a very innovative company that truly cares about consumer feedback and not only have they recently moved way ahead in the diaper industry where absorption is concerned (read our Pampers Baby Dry post) they have also completely revamped the Pampers Rewards program.  It is a brand new program that enables parents to simply scan the code that comes in Pampers products in a new easy-to-use App. You’ll get 100 bonus points just for downloading, plus an extra 50 for uploading your first code! Already a member? Don’t worry, your existing points will transfer once you log into the new app.The App is available for Android and iphone users.   To join the program simply:

  1. Download the new Pampers rewards App and sign up
  2. Use the App to scan the codes inside every Pampers pack to earn points
  3. Redeem points for great gifts and rewards from the catalogue for you and your whole family

Watch the Pampers Canada You Tube video to see what you can expect from this awesome rewards program.

Want to win some FREE product from Pampers?

We all know downloading an App on your phone just takes a minute, so what are you waiting for?! Download here!  Once you have downloaded it, visit the Mommy Connections fanpage and share your experience using the new App to be entered to win  more Pampers products.  Contest ends June 30 and winner will be drawn at random!

This post was created in partnership with Pampers.  Mommy Connections is a proud member of the Pampers Baby Panel. For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies.  Pampers is the #1 selling diaper in the world and every day more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers!

A few weeks ago, our Edmonton and Toronto teams were invited to attend 2 store grand openings.  One at West Edmonton Mall and the other at the new Stockyards location in Toronto.  Both locations gave $1000 in gift cards away during their weekend events and they had tons of sales and deals for customers as well.  It was perfect timing for many of our team, as they were all starting to get the itch to do some Spring and Summer shopping for their kids!  We love the Children’s place because they offer adorable clothes that stand up to lots of play, the styles and colours can so easily mixed and matched and they have great prices that afford many families to be able to stylishly outfit their kids for every season and event.

Here are some highlights from our Toronto team!

Deb in Midtown Toronto:

People were lined up outside the store anticipating the grand opening (a direct result of our awesome social media promotion leading up to the event!) and doors opened right at 10 am. Store was festive with balloons and people milling about. Racks were full and pretty much everything was on sale from 10 to 40 percent off. Shoppers seemed happy about getting a $10 gift card when they spent $25 or more (which wasn’t hard to do!). I saw lots of cute sunglasses, hats and bathing suits – top items on my list as I am looking forward to warmer temps!

 

Karen from West Toronto:

It was a great opening and our team had a lot of fun.  My son was thrilled that Children’s Place sells Lego and Power Ranger Tshirts.  They have become a staple in his weekly wardrobe!

Megan from Oakville:

My daughter Grace and I had a great time shopping at the new Children’s Place at the Stockyards. The store is full of bright spring colours. Grace picked out matching purple tights, sunglasses, and t-shirts for her and little sister! She was very excited to see Disney Princess Shirts as well. The Stockyards is a great place to go for shopping; unique outdoor complex with lots of parking and stroller friendly. We’ll be back soon for summer outfits – just need the snow to melt in Toronto!

Here are some highlights from our Edmonton team!

Jen from Spruce Grove:

I was greeted by friendly staff and the store was super clean, bright and very inviting!  There were lots of sale items, great selection and items had most sizes in stock!  Among other things, I bought an adroable rash guards for my boys (9-12m & 4T) – there was lots of selection!

Kori from Beaumont:

I was so glad to be included in the West Edmonton Mall Grand Opening!  I wouldn’t have missed it!  I stocked up on some great deals.  The store is full of adorable matching outfits, clearance deals on fall/winter clothes and summer clothes! I stocked up on a little of everything! You won’t be able to miss my boy at the splash park this summer in this adorable fluorescent orange UV protectant swimwear!

Chelsey from North Edmonton:

Friendly staff, bright, open store with plenty of room to manoeuvre even the biggest of strollers. They have clothing, shoes and accessories for all ages and stages for both Spring and Summer. We started getting ready for spring with a pair of rhinestone sunglasses, jeggings, jean shorts, a swimsuit and a handful of t-shirts!

Karli from South Edmonton:

We brought the kids along who were each allowed to pick out a bracelet while we shopped! It’s so nice to see all the bright colours out for spring and with deals at 40% off you can’t go wrong

Ally from West Edmonton:

The store was bright, inviting and stocked full of great deals for the warm weather that is coming up (soon!).  My daughter loved all the colourful graphic t-shirts on display, but she especially loved the jewelry rack and sunglasses display

Carol from Head Office:

I took my daughter for a mini shopping spree and she picked out about a dozen dresses.  The selection of dresses was amazing!  She was in heaven.  She of course also had to accessorize with wedge sandals, sunglasses and a denim jacket.  I can’t wait for Spring to officially arrive so she can start to wear everything outside, and not just at home!   Our team was really happy to be including in a fun day of shopping with the Children’s Place!  My favourite items were all of the toddler boy hats, ties, dress shirts and vests.  Our baby is going to look like a big boy this Easter!

 

 

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About The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc.

The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture and sells fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place” brand name. As of November 2, 2013, the Company operated 1,123 stores and an online store at www.childrensplace.com.

 

We all love to send out adorable family cards at Christmas time, but with all the added Christmas expenses it is sometimes all just too much!

 

Enter our November contest and receive $150 in Minted credit, plus free shipping.  They have beautiful cards that will fit any theme.  See their entire holiday gallery here

Simply submit your name and email and you are entered to win!   This contest is open to USA and Canada! A winner will be announced on Monday November 18.  Good luck!

Click to Enter HERE!

 

 

“I’ve reached the point where I don’t want to take my child into a store. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a toy store, the grocery store, or the gas station – my kid finds something he “must” have. He usually starts out with a gentle plea, moves up to an annoying whine, and eventually works himself up to frantic begging and pleading. I HAVE to get my holiday shopping done! Help!”

Think about it:

Give the shopping list of the day:

Accept their wishes:

Santa’s list:

Play pretend:

Teaching, too:

(Excerpted with permission by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group Inc. from Perfect Parenting,

The Dictionary of 1,000 Parenting Tips by Elizabeth Pantley, copyright 1999)

 

As a new mom, I was always hesitant about nursing in public – But I found a solution to still feed my baby, quickly, discreetly and super  conveniently — and still look fashionable doing so !!!

The CoverBoo Nursing Scarf is worn as a fashion accessory that does NOT LOOK like any of the other nursing covers currently out on the market. It offers the convenience of having  a nursing cover readily available – as it is already being worn.

You don’t have to dig around your diaper bag looking for your cover as you are holding a hungry fussy baby – you only have to adjust the CoverBoo to cover yourself and your child as you nurse. The CoverBoo Nursing Scarf is both fashionable and discreet.

How does one wear the CoverBoo?  Glad you asked! Click here for step by step instructions and here for the styles!

Our goal at Puddle Organics is to provide organic wear for a reasonable price.  Our products are organic, containing fun designs for babies and kids starting at just $16 each. We have a selection of bodysuits and yoga pants for babies, as well as T-shirts for ages 2-8 years, in various designs and colors. When searching for organic clothing for our child, we found that many clothing articles were simply plain white. To tackle this, Puddle Organics came up with some beautiful non chemical dye colors for your organic selection. You might ask “Why would I want to buy organic clothing when I can buy a conventionally–grown cotton T-shirt for only $5 at a typical large retailer?” The organic and sustainable clothing industry is about more than the low price companies can offer. It’s about ethics and sustainability and doing what is right for workers, consumers and our planet.

Besides doing good for the environment, let’s talk about what the differences are between an organic cotton T-Shirt, and a typical large retailer’s conventionally-grown T-shirt:

  1. You might think that organic clothing should be less expensive to grow because organic doesn’t use expensive pesticides and fertilizers like conventionally grown crops and cottons require. However, organically grown crops still must deal with weeds and fight insects. This all costs money …in fact, more money than conventional chemical methods.
  2. Each year, millions of humans are exposed to harmful chemicals just by working around or living near the cotton farms.
  3. Most conventional clothing manufacturers use cheap labor, which allows clothing to be sold at such a low price. Many places use sweatshops employing underage children, and pay them wages that don’t amount to more than a few pennies a day. In fact, you may be wondering how much of the $5 is going to the garment workers who did the sewing.
  4. Fair trade and fair pay for workers are one of the most important features of the organic clothing industry. This significantly adds to the cost of organic and fairtrade apparel.

In the long run, we believe that the price gap between conventional cotton and organic cotton will continue to shrink as the demand for organic cotton clothing rise. We can help our environment and economy by considering organic cotton clothing for our apparel.

Be sure to check us out at www.puddleorganics.com and

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